MotoGP fans have been eagerly awaiting the introduction of sprint races this season, and one rider who is particularly excited about the new format is Brad Binder. In a recent interview with Moto Rider World, Binder made it clear that when given the choice between doing laps in FP4 (Free Practice 4) and racing, he would always choose racing.
This sentiment is shared by many riders and teams in the MotoGP paddock, as the sprint races provide an opportunity for riders to earn points on Saturdays and add an extra level of excitement to the weekend. The sprint races will consist of a short, intense race on Saturday, with the top finishers earning points that will be added to their total for the main race on Sunday.
Binder, who has been a consistent performer in MotoGP since making his debut in 2020, is looking forward to the added competition and battles that the sprint races will bring. He believes that the format will lead to more intense and exciting racing, as riders will be pushing harder from start to finish in order to earn points and gain an advantage heading into the main race.
The new format also represents a change in strategy for riders and teams, as they will have to think more carefully about how to use their tyres and conserve their energy over the course of the weekend.
The New Format
In the past, teams and riders have focused on using Friday’s practice sessions to find the perfect setup for the main race on Sunday, but now they will have to also consider the sprint race on Saturday and how to best prepare for it.
Binder is especially excited to see how the first sprint race of the season will play out at the Portimao circuit in Portugal. The circuit is known for its challenging layout and unpredictable weather, making it the perfect place to kick off the sprint race format.
The South African rider is also looking forward to seeing how the sprint races will impact the overall championship standings. In the past, a poor performance on Sunday could ruin a rider’s chances of winning the championship, but now with the points earned on Saturday, a rider can recover from a bad Sunday race.
Despite the added pressure and competition, Binder is confident that he and his team will be able to adapt to the new format and perform well throughout the season. He believes that the sprint races will bring an extra level of excitement to the MotoGP weekends and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that they will bring.
The Element of Excitement
As a fan, the sprint races will offer a new element of excitement as it will make the weekends more unpredictable and thrilling. The new format also means that fans will have more opportunities to see their favorite riders in action, as they will be racing twice over the course of the weekend.
The sprint races are a new and exciting addition to the MotoGP calendar, and Brad Binder is one rider who is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that they will bring. As he said in his interview when given the choice between doing laps in FP4 and racing, he will always choose racing, and fans can expect to see him pushing hard from start to finish in the sprint races throughout the season.
It’s a new era for MotoGP with the introduction of sprint races and Brad Binder is among the riders who are most excited about it. The new format promises to bring more excitement, battles, and a new level of strategy for the riders and teams.
With the first sprint race to take place in Portimao, the fans can expect an exciting start to the season and it will be interesting to see how the new format unfolds in the coming months.